VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4, OCTOBER 7, 2005 A Round of Applause Eight students were honored Friday morning before their peers for their achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and extracurricular activities. The Oasis Society inducted Alexandra Caleca (not pictured), Thana-Ashley Charles, Matthew Clifford, Maria D'Ecclesiis, Vincent DiForte, William Pezzolo, Casey Ross, and Louisa Sethi (not pictured) to its membership during Chapel. Adviser Erika Freeman told students that Oasis is a long- honored tradition at Poly started in 1908 as way to honor well- rounded students and promote school spirit. The first class of inductees included Poly's class president, the debate team president, the editors of the Polygon and Polyglot, and the captain of the football team. Today, community service is an important focus for Oasis. The members will shop for needy families over the holiday season, organize a read-a-thon in the spring, and raise funds for a charity of their choosing at Oasis Night, this year on Feb. 3, 2006. Last year, Oasis members raised more than $6,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America. Oasis is still a very highly selective group held in great esteem by the student body. Erika says about 30 students applied to join this year. The current members read anonymous applications to determine the new members, making the selection process as fair as possible. Congratulations to all new members. Cheers, also, to students who earned great academic honors this month: • 2006 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Kadeem Cooper, Aarthi Raju, Dustin Tupper, and Andy Yagnatovsky. • 2006 Achievement Scholarship Competition Semifinalists: Amanda Boston, Jamal Callendar, and Kadeem Cooper. • 2006 National Achievement Program Commended Students: Jamal Callendar, Matt Clifford, Victor Cumberbatch, Kristine Diesslin, Max Dougherty, Oliver Gentile, Sam Giovannini, Yin He, Nicole Karpf, David Lei, Elizabeth Lothian, Chris Pacelle, Ian Pearson, Max Spiegel, and Ian Whitford. Take a moment to congratulate these young people on achievements that make us all proud! Around Campus "Arrr!" exclaimed Matt Clifford, giving a bag of Pirate's Booty popcorn his vote of approval. Members of Student Senate and Student Government taste-tested 54 kinds of Stonyfield Farm snacks on Wednesday. Students rated different flavors of smoothies, chips, granola bars, fruit snacks, and crackers. Their data will be used to determine how the company will stock new vending machines coming to Poly. "I think it's better for them to ask us what snacks we like," said Zach Weiss. Emilia Barca said most of the selections were good, especially the smoothies. "I have them at home," she said. Machines should be delivered around the end of the month. In the meantime, students have even more options in Commons. Sage Food Services is selling sandwiches along with snacks in the afternoons. Administrators are considering more menu selections. In The Mansion Families are preparing for the Lower School's annual Pumpkin Patch at Homecoming. Next Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, children can enjoy games, pumpkin decorating, apple decorating, and pony rides. Enjoy a treat from the bake sale while the kids clamber amid the hay bales and more than 150 pumpkins! The Pumpkin Patch will sprout from the baseball field. There's also still time to volunteer to help at the event. It's a great way to participate in Homecoming, see the Bay Ridge campus, and, if you're new to Poly, meet other parents. Sign up sheets are posted in the front hallway at the Lower School. See you there. David’s Notes I'm sure everyone is looking forward to a very exciting week. We have two days off for holidays. Form IV and V students take their PSATS on Wednesday. And everyone's eager for Homecoming weekend. We'll celebrate our students and our alumni Oct. 15 with great games, great food and several special events. Join other Poly fans and families at the 23rd Annual T-Run, at the Form V Barbecue, in the Lower School Pumpkin Patch, or at the Alumni Reception, where we will honor Seventh Annual Rising Star Aaron Matthews and School Spirit Award winner Gerry Stone. Of course, take a seat in the stands and root for our football, soccer, tennis, and volleyball athletes. Let's cross our fingers for great weather! There's another less thrilling but very important event coming up this week. The school will be testing its AlertNow system next week at 7:00 PM on Wednesday. This is the method by which we inform parents and guardians of snow day closings and emergencies. AlertNow, a professional notification service, will dial all telephone numbers in our database. When you pick up the phone, expect to hear several seconds of silence before hearing a message-so don't hang up right away. If you do not receive a call, please send your telephone number to the associate director of development, Maureen Sapega, at email@example.com. We take the drill very seriously: It's one way we ensure the safety of our students. Now here's to a wonderful Homecoming! The Parent’s Association and Upcoming Events Recycled Logo Clothes: Please deposit clean, gently used blazers, shirts, sweaters, and vests with Poly logos in the drop boxes at the front and rear entrances. These will be offered for resale at Homecoming. Homecoming Shirts are available now: The 2005 Homecoming T-shirts are on sale this week during the lunch period in the Trophy Room. Students who purchase a Homecoming T-Shirt may dress down on Dress Down Day, Friday, October 14. Proceeds help defray the cost of the Senior Prom. Short-sleeve shirts are $10. Long-sleeve shirts are $15. Help needed: Senior parents are needed to cover the Homecoming T-shirt table for the school days prior to Homecoming. Please contact Janet Krombar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's an opportunity for your budding sports writers and photographers. Poly's Athletics and Communications Departments are looking for young journalists to help with game coverage on the Poly Prep Web site. If your child would be interested, please contact athletics director Craig Jacoby at ext. 305 or email@example.com, or communications director Melissa Tyrrell at ext. 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mon., Oct. 10 Tues., Oct. 11 Wed., Oct. 12 Thurs., Oct. 13 Fri., Oct. 14 School Closed, Lower School Parents' Form VI Parents' School Closed, Yom Homecoming Pep Rally, Columbus Day. Association meeting, Breakfast, 7:30 AM. Kippur. 2:45-3:30 PM. 7:00-8:30 PM. PSAT Exams for Grades Yale University 10 and 11. Information Session, 7:30 PM.